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Dennett: I learned to my dismay that even though we thoroughly dismantled the opposition, many in the audience ended up, paradoxically, with an increased esteem for astrologers! As one person explained to me “I figured that if you scientists were willing to work this hard to refute it, there must be something to it!”

I find this really depressing. Why are a lot of people swayed away from reason by clear charlatans£

Although I know plenty of people who had tentative cultural faith who are now "out" atheists thanks to Richard's book, as well as those by Grayling, Dennett, Hitchens etc; I always assumed that such literature would only confirm the faith of the feeble-minded who probably wouldn't understand the arguments on offer anyway and are happy with easy answers. But to actively be swayed the other way by reason...

Sun, 21 Jun 2009 23:44:00 UTC | #372544